Patents Examined by George Bugg
  • Patent number: 10102689
    Abstract: Systems and methods for location reporting of detected events during vehicle operation in accordance embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, an event reporting telematics unit configured to report the location of events includes a first sensor configured to determine sensor information, a storage device configured to store sensor information and an event reporting application, and a processor, wherein the event reporting application configures the processor to receive a first sensor information using the first sensor, calculate a first sensor information timestamp, where the first sensor information timestamp is associated with the first sensor information, determine the occurrence of a vehicle event, complete the determination of the vehicle event, correlate the first sensor information with the determined event using the first sensor information timestamp, and determine the time corresponding to the beginning of the determined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CALAMP CORP
    Inventors: Peter Hergesheimer, Alexandre Dlagnekov
  • Patent number: 10008093
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for A user input device, such as a remote control device. In one implementation, the remote control device includes at least one pair of electrical contacts, at least one button configured to electrically connect the at least one pair of electrical contacts, and a degradation measurement module in electrical communication with at least one of the electrical contacts. The degradation measurement module is configured to determine a degradation level of the at least one button based on at least one electrical property of a circuit associated with the at least one button when the at least button electrically connects the at least one pair of electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher Burns, Brad Bylund, Harold Jaramillo, Paul Langer, Jeremy Mickelsen
  • Patent number: 10007820
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a mobile device continuously and/or automatically scans a user environment for tags containing non-human-readable data. The mobile device may continuously and/or automatically scan the environment for tags without being specifically directed at a particular tag. The mobile device may be adapted to scan for audio tags, radio frequency tags, and/or image tags. The mobile device may be configured to scan for and identify tags within the user environment that satisfy a user preference. The mobile device may perform an action in response to identifying a tag that satisfies a user preference. The mobile device may be configured to scan for a wide variety of tags, including tags in the form of quick response codes, steganographic content, audio watermarks, audio outside of a human audible range, radio frequency identification tags, long wavelength identification tags, near field communication tags, and/or a Memory Spot device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Gerrity, William Gates, Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Keith D. Rosema, Clarence T. Tegreene, Thomas Allan Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10002536
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pre-5th-generation (5G) or 5G communication system to be provided for supporting higher data rates beyond 4th-generation (4G) communication system such as a long term evolution (LTE). A method for providing a service in a first device in a vehicle to everything (V2X) communication system is provided. The method includes transmitting a first message related to the service; receiving, from a second device, a second message notifying that the second device enters a zone related to the service; and transmitting, to the second device, a third message indicating that the first device confirms that the second device enters the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Kyu Kim, Hyun-Jeong Kang, Sang-Wook Kwon, Young-Joong Mok
  • Patent number: 10002510
    Abstract: One variation of a method for detecting a fire includes: during a first time period: detecting an increase in ambient light intensity and detecting an increase in ambient humidity; responsive to the increase in ambient light intensity and the increase in ambient humidity, detecting a fire event; during a second time period: correlating a decrease in ambient light intensity with an increase in visual obscuration; detecting an increase in ambient air temperature; in response to a magnitude of the increase in visual obscuration remaining below a high obscuration threshold and a magnitude of the increase in ambient temperature remaining below a high temperature threshold, classifying the fire as an incipient fire; and, in response to the magnitude of the increase in visual obscuration exceeding the high obscuration threshold and the magnitude of the increase in ambient temperature exceeding the high temperature threshold, classifying the fire as a developed fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Noah Lael Ryder
  • Patent number: 9987978
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a vehicle projection system. Visual content is projected from a vehicle interior into a rear projection insert. The insert can include a semitransparent component to facilitate rear projection. The insert can also be perforated for enhanced visibility from the vehicle interior through the insert. A controller can change or modify the projected visual content based on operating conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Twiin Media
    Inventors: Dewayne Bontrager, Lawayne Bontrager
  • Patent number: 9988160
    Abstract: A fire detection system includes a heat detector controller and a multiplicity of heat detectors. The heat detectors are positioned at predetermined locations along a ceiling of a cargo compartment and/or on an exterior side of a cargo compartment liner from an interior of the cargo compartment. Each of the multiplicity of heat detectors are configured to measure temperature and to transmit temperature measurements to the heat detector controller. The heat detector controller is configured to determine that a fire has breached the cargo compartment liner based on the temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Robert Clos, Darrin M. Noe
  • Patent number: 9990847
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a traffic accident occurrence notification system using LED display lamps, comprising: an emergency message generating unit provided in a mobile means so as to generate a wireless signal in an emergency situation; a plurality of LED display lamps provided together with street lamps provided on a road so as to receive the wireless signal from the emergency message generating unit and display a turned-on or flickering state from a position at which the wireless signal is received to a position at which a distance is set at a rear; and a street lamp control server for controlling the street lamps and the LED display lamps and determining the position at which the wireless signal is received so as to transmit information thereof to a rescue server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Gigatera INC.
    Inventors: Duk-Yong Kim, Yoon-Bae Lee, Seok Sung, Tai-Woo Lee, Jong-Hun Lee, Min-Soo Kim, Dong-Sik Roh
  • Patent number: 9981659
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assist device 10 that recognizes an object in the vicinity of a moving body, and assists a driver in driving the moving body, the apparatus including: an object detecting unit 12 that detects the object in the vicinity of the moving body; a three dimensional object detecting unit 13 that detects a three dimensional object in the vicinity of the moving body; and an object recognition unit 18 that recognizes the object at a predetermined detection position as a non-obstacle when the object information storing unit 16 stores the position of the object, and the three dimensional object information storing unit 17 does not store the position of the three dimensional object at the predetermined position in which detection is performed by both of the object detecting unit 12 and the three dimensional object detecting unit 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Katsuhiro Sakai, Toshiki Kindo, Kentaro Ichikawa, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9986312
    Abstract: A machine includes a first machine substrate and a second machine substrate and a monitoring system for the machine. The monitoring system includes a sensor subsystem including a sensor substrate integral with the first machine substrate and at least one sensor electromagnetic structure coupled to at least a portion of the sensor substrate. The at least one sensor electromagnetic structure includes at least one sensor conducting sub-component. The at least one sensor electromagnetic structure is configured to regulate electromagnetic fields incident thereto in response to at least one measurement characteristic of a machine measurand. The sensor subsystem is configured to obtain at least one measurement characteristic of the machine measurand proximate a machine sensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ertugrul Berkcan, Yongjae Lee
  • Patent number: 9984169
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for search and notification are provided. A request to search for an item is received by a system from a client device. The request includes search parameters that identify the searched item. Sensor data that indicates items that are located within a predefined distance from a sensor is received. A determination that the search parameters match with a corresponding item among the items indicated by the sensor data as being located within the predefined distance from the sensor is performed by the system. A location of the searched item is determined by the system based on the match. The location of the searched item is displayed by the system in a user interface of an application on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jigish Mehta
  • Patent number: 9984355
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses, systems, and methods of monitoring product placement on shelves at a retail sales facility include at least one torque measurement sensor proximate at least one mounting location of a shelf on a sales floor of the retail facility. The torque measurement sensor is configured to measure a torque exerted by at least one product located on the shelf relative to a fulcrum of the shelf, and to send a signal to an electronic inventory management device including a processor-based control unit. The control unit of the electronic inventory management device is configured to receive electronic data associated with the at least one product and to estimate a weight distribution of the at least one product on the shelf based on the received electronic data and the measured torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9978032
    Abstract: A method for tracking procedures performed on personal protection equipment (PPE) and actions of individuals includes the following steps. An article of PPE configured with a smart tag is provided to an individual prior to performance of a task. After the individual performs the task, the article of PPE is processed. Information is retrieved from the smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE. After the performance of the task, the individual's data is read and the individual enters into a designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Luca D. Farioli Brioschi, Luis V. Ramirez Chaidez, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Mark T. Anderson, Michael E. Hamerly
  • Patent number: 9975030
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a time of a passing at a reference line of an RFID tag traveling along a route and a time of lapsing of the tracked RFID tag on the route, the system have a plurality of spaced apart tag reader systems for wirelessly obtaining tag reads, wherein at least one of the tag reader systems is space apart from the reference line. The timing system receives a plurality of tag reads and determines the time of passing of the RFID at the reference line responsive to the plurality of received tag read messages received from the plurality of tag reader systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9978196
    Abstract: A banknote acceptor 1 for authenticating a banknote 2, has a sensing station S with detector 18 that produces image signals corresponding to a face the banknote. A processor 24 pre-processes the image signals and compares them with stored reference data corresponding to an acceptable banknote from memory 25 to determining the authenticity of the banknote and its denomination. A display device 29 displays an image 31 corresponding to the banknote under test based on the image signals from the detector 18, to allow the user to perform a visual check that the banknote detected at the sensing station corresponds to the banknote under test presented by the user. Also, the detected denomination of the banknote is displayed on device 32. The user can accept or reject the banknote using buttons 33 and 34, and retrieve images of previously accepted banknotes with button 35.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations Limited
    Inventors: John Ashby, Andrew William Barson, Malcolm Bell, Les Hutton, Kevin Mulvey
  • Patent number: 9972176
    Abstract: Methods and systems for planning evacuation paths are provided to identify an optimum path for evacuation of every evacuee from a region of interest. Methods of the instant disclosure ensure that for each suggested evacuation path, the capacity of any edge on the path is not exceeded and the evacuation time is minimum. A path once identified is maintained. A randomized behavior model is employed to re-distribute evacuees in emergency situations. This provides optimum evacuation time that employs an improved technique with optimized run time and evacuation time after taking into consideration herd behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Arindam Pal, Gopinath Mishra, Subhra Mazumdar
  • Patent number: 9968255
    Abstract: A portable telemetry device includes a measurement component, a unidirectional radio, a bidirectional radio, and a communication component. The measurement component is configured to receive, from at least one sensor, physiological data representative of a physiological condition of a patient. The unidirectional radio is configured to transmit signals in a first wireless frequency band. The bidirectional radio is configured to transmit and receive signals in a second wireless frequency band different from the first wireless frequency band. The communication component is configured to transmit the physiological data using the unidirectional radio and transmit and receive control data using the bidirectional radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Fuchs
  • Patent number: 9969344
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing accident information from a vehicle to an emergency responder when a vehicle accident occurs. One system includes a sensor and an electronic processor. The electronic processor is configured to receive vehicle data from the sensor. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a child presence indication of whether a child is present in the vehicle based on the vehicle data. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a state of a windshield of the vehicle based on the vehicle data. The electronic processor is also configured to generate an emergency message including the child presence indication and the state of a windshield of the vehicle. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically transmit the emergency message to an emergency responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Marcin KolasiƄski
  • Patent number: 9972200
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating traffic signals. The method and system can include constructing trajectories of probe vehicles from GPS data emitted by the probe vehicles, estimating traffic signal cycles, combining the estimates, and computing the traffic signal timing by maximizing a scoring function based on the estimates. Estimating traffic signal cycles can be based on transition times of the probe vehicles starting after a traffic signal turns green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Julien Dumazert, Christian Claudel
  • Patent number: 9972197
    Abstract: Provided is a remote control, including: a wireless communication unit configured to be capable of sending a control signal for controlling a device by means of wireless communication; and a determining unit configured to transmit a device detection request by means of the wireless communication unit, and to identify installation locations of a plurality of devices as one or more zones, respectively, based on responses from the plurality of devices having received the device detection request, each of the responses including measurement information reflecting an installation location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Yoshinori Ohashi